Emerald Cove Trail
This is a 6.6-mile round-trip trail with very little elevation gain, making it a great option for the whole family. Along the way, you’ll glimpse amazing views of Prince William Sound, beautiful waterfalls, and glaciers tucked into mountain peaks. You’ll also see lots of little offshoot trails, often created by berry-pickers. The blueberries and salmonberries are great treats that are perfectly ripe in the late summer.
Emerald Cove Trail starts from the day-use area at the end of Shotgun Cove Road. About a mile into the hike there are stone steps down to the beach. Listen for birds and be alert for bears that enjoy the berry patches as much as the humans do. It takes about 90 minutes to hike halfway, out to the cove. And it’s worth the trip: Here you’ll find a lagoon fed by the tide and full of huge starfish. Locals have been known to go for a swim here on a hot day!
The trail is popular, and you’re likely to see other hikers. Just come prepared for some mud, which can be slippery. Trekking poles and rubber boots can be helpful.